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B300 ‘tourist fee’ planned to be imposed in June

B300 ‘tourist fee’ planned to be imposed in June

BANGKOK: Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has announced plans to begin collecting a B300 fee from foreign tourists arriving in the country starting in June.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Monday 16 January 2023, 11:07AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

According to Phiphat, the funds raised from this fee will be used to support visitors involved in accidents and to develop tourist destinations in the country, reports state news agency NNT.

Minister Phiphat noted, however, that the fee will not be collected from foreigners with work permits and border passes.

Thailand expects to see approximately 25 million tourist arrivals this year, a significant increase from the 11.8 million arrivals in 2022. In 2019, the country welcomed a record 40mn arrivals, with over 11mn of them being Chinese.

Tourism is a major contributor to the economy of Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, contributing about 12% of its gross domestic product before the pandemic. Tourism spending is forecast to reach at least B2.38 trillion this year.

The proposal for a tourist fee was first considered in 2020 and is still subject to Cabinet approval.

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Pooliekev | 19 January 2023 - 12:06:15

@Galong. Sarcasm is one thing, ageing is another. You can be forgiven for ageing. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. 

Galong | 19 January 2023 - 08:54:52

@Pooliekev That whooshing sound is my saracasm going over your head. My comment has nothing to do with my age. Editors, why do you allow meaningless posts like this?  It's like being on the Bangkok Post. 

Pooliekev | 18 January 2023 - 12:59:48

@Galong. A lot of people of advanced age do tend to do that quite often. Particularly here on Phuket News comments. 

Kurt | 17 January 2023 - 07:19:27

As tourism spending is forecast to reach  AT LEAST B2.3 trillion!!,  it makes that B300 tourist fee upon arrival just a  laughable Thai cheating drain for a few Thai pockets. A thick skinned shamefull thing. Not collected from people with border passes? What is a 'border pass'? Do people with retirement visa have to pay?

Galong | 16 January 2023 - 17:15:21

Well, someone is about to pocket a lot of money. Wouldn't it be nice if every baht was accounted for and the details posted for all to see... OK, sorry, I dozed off there for a bit. 


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